i wish we could start young, and get older

When I was younger, I saw birthdays as an excuse to eat cake and hang out with friends, now I see it as a depressing holiday that moves me further and further from childhood. I have been dreaming about my sixteenth birthday my whole life as I thought it would bring me instant happiness and respect from adults. To cope with neither of those emotions coming to me by my sixteenth birthday, I wrote a poem about the holiday, girlhood, my relationship with my family, my body, and personality.

  • Lauren Grace Vanderplas
    Love Without Goodbye
  • Lauren Grace Vanderplas
    Love Without Goodbye
  • Lauren Vanderplas Vanderplass
    Love Without Goodbye
  • Lauren Vanderplas
    Key Cast
  • Hannah Vanderplas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of Age
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Huntington Beach High School
Director Biography - Lauren Grace Vanderplas

Lauren Vanderplas is a sophomore attending Huntington Beach High School, along with The Academy of the Performing Arts, located at the same high school. She discovered film making over quarantine through youtube videos analyzing feature films and fell in love. She is incredibly passionate about film making and hopes to make that her future career.

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